The Caged Great White Sharks
Director: Blane Henderson / USA / 2022 / 7min /
Isla Guadalupe, a volcanic rock rising from the depths of the Pacific Ocean located about 250 miles southwest of Ensenada, Mexico and only accessible via a live-aboard boat. Great White Sharks migrate and congregate there every year to feed on the large population of fat rich fur seals, and elephant seals that live permanently along the shoreline, and to reproduce in the relatively warmer waters. It’s protected from fishing and is a good place to observe this powerful and misunderstood animal in the relative safety of ‘cage diving’. Although this is not the distorted and vicious killer of Hollywood, a cage is still very necessary because of the common use of fish heads and fish juice to chum and bait the waters and to lure and attract the sharks to into viewing range. While I have misgivings about this practice (chumming) and the permanent unnatural behavior that it possibly causes, I still feel that its a powerful experience that may be more beneficial to the sharks due to a better understanding of the animals behavior and a truer awareness of these magnificent misaligned creatures. Its a question best left up to the biologists and scientists, but I do know that eco-tourism has contributed to a greater awareness of the abhorrent Asian practice of shark-finning. This is a very powerful experience worthy of anyones bucket list!